The Odyssey by Homer

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Imagery In The Odyssey

In Homer's Odyssey, what is an example of imagery from Book 12?

 

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There are several examples of imagery in just the first few stanzas, actually. Odysseus describes how his ship leaves "the Ocean River rolling in her wake" and the "open sea with its long swells." He describes the "low sloping shore" of the island of Aeaea, where his men take their rest. All of these constitute visual images, description that is meant to convey visual sensory experience—what one might see, specifically—though imagery can also be auditory (what one might hear), olfactory (what one might smell), tactile (what one might touch), or gustatory (what one might taste). Odysseus also describes Dawn's "rose-red fingers," which is both personification (of Dawn as a woman with fingers) and visual imagery. In addition, he uses imagery to describe the tomb of Elpenor, constructed by the men for their friend who had died on Circe's island during their prior stop there. He says,

Once we'd burned the dead man and the dead man's armor,
heaping his grave-mound, hauling a stone that coped...

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